Set 1: d1t01 - Bertha -> d1t02 - Greatest Story Ever Told d1t03 - Candyman d1t04 - Little Red Rooster d1t05 - Bird Song d1t06 - My Brother Esau d1t07 - Ramble On Rose d1t08 - It's All Over Now -> d1t09 - Don't Ease Me In
Set 2: d2t01 - China Cat Sunflower -> d2t02 - I Know You Rider d2t03 - Man Smart (Woman Smarter) d2t04 - He's Gone -> d2t05 - Drums -> d2t06 - Space -> d2t07 - The Other One -> d2t08 - Stella Blue -> d2t09 - Sugar Magnolia
January 3, 2020 Subject:
The Other One
I'm taken aback by the lackluster reviews this show is getting. This one is amazing. The recording could be better, but the band means business, and the energy on this one is over the top.
The show starts out hot and never lets up. Even Brother Esau is engaging, maybe because it's played a little faster than usual.
The Other One is particularly notable and is about as good as this song got after 1980. There's also a high-intensity China/Rider which is excellent. The very pretty Stella Blue that contrasts nicely with the relentless energy of the jams. The closing Sugar Magnolia is as good as any version.
I could deduct a point for the recording, but this show is too outstanding.
P.S. The 2nd set is mislabeled. The first song, labeled "China Cat Sunflower" is actually an AUD recording of US Blues, which I assume was the encore. After that, each song listed is off by one.
November 21, 2017 Subject:
Not much going on here, No Highlights.
September 27, 2016 Subject:
So, it's very difficult to research It's All Over Now on the archive because the search engine co-mingles Baby Blue results. The Stones did the most famous cover of this song, but I've always enjoyed the Dead's version too. It's kind of a goofy, happy sort of tune about a sad subject. Right in the Dead's wheel-house.
May 23, 2008 Subject:
From what I remember, but getting out of the circular parking deck was always a challenge. Goin round and round indeed
March 16, 2008 Subject:
4-23-84 New Haven Coliseum
Tough one to rate. Recording quality is a big issue regarding the '84 New Haven shows. There are no excellent quality versions here on this archive, but this one is the best I've heard. I'm going to give 3 stars, but from the Esau on it might deserve 4. Avoid track 10, it's labelled as China Cat, but it's actually a lousy copy of the encore from a different source.
The band's performance was really really good this night. I slept out for tickets months earlier, at the Coliseum. Those nights spent waiting around for tickets were pretty fun too. "There's just the pavement left, and broken dreams." New Haven Coliseum, 1972-2007, R.I.P.